Monday, 27 February 2012

Mad Men: Series 5 Teaser Trailer

I love, love, love Mad Men. Finally, after eagerly anticipating the fifth series, the end is in sight. One month today on March 27th, Don, Betty, Joan and all the crew will be back, alongside those lavish Art Deco sets, razor sharp suits, delicious dresses and whisky before breakfast. Airing on Sky Atlantic just two days after Mad Men's US premiere on AMC, spoilers must be avoided at all costs! Keep your eyes peeled to Sky Atlantic for more Mad Men info. You can also set a NEVER MISS reminder. In the meanwhile, here's a terribly teasing, teaser trailer...

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, from New York Fashion Week

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I hope you have a lovely day, whatever your plans. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, it seems a timely opportunity to celebrate some of the styles currently seen strutting down the New York Fashion Week catwalks. From the ultra-feminine and romantic, to over/understated glamour and to body-hugging, flirtatious sexiness, it seems that love may be in the air for Fall 2012. Yet, many designers presenting their collections now have seemingly created looks to inspire your outfit for Valentine's Day... here are some ideas to try, or simply to enjoy:
  • Be bold with the rose theme and push romance to a brave new level (Marc Jacobs).
Marc Jacobs, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • Add daring to a dainty dress by choosing a deep red colour, and decorate with same-coloured accessories (Alice + Olivia).
Alice + Olivia, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • Eye-catching embellishments on an otherwise understated dress will transform your look (Lela Rose).
Lela Rose, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • Don't be afraid to wear exactly what you want. Mix prim & proper with princess-y and a touch of humour (Chris Benz).
Chris Benz, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • Eschew the dress altogether, in favour of androgynous glamour, made feminine with some special lace and heels (Tribune Standard).
Tribune Standard, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • Go for length and show skin sparingly. Shoulders and lower arms maintain elegance and class (Diane von Furstenburg).
Diane von Furstenburg, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • If the grecian goddess look works for you, it always will. Enjoy the flowing fabric and add some sparkle where possible (Erin Fetherston).
Erin Fetherston, Fall 2012 RTW, New York Fashion Week
  • If your figure looks best skimmed into a shapely silhouette, avoid overt sexuality with dramatic details: high(ish) necklines, 'boxy' accessories and slicked-back hair (Catherine Malandrino).
Catherine Malandrino, Fall 2012 RTW,  New York Fashion Week

Do you have a favourite Valentine's Day-inspired look? Which New York Fashion Week shows have you most enjoyed so far? Don't forget to check City Girl on Twitter and City Girl on Facebook, for regular show updates and other news.


Monday, 13 February 2012

The Artist: Peppy Miller, Fashion Inspiration

The Artist was possibly the most bewitching film of 2011. Visually dazzling, heartwarming and seductively different, The Artist is a silent, black and white 'picture' that transports the viewer to the highs and lows of Hollywood's studio system in the 1920's. Poignantly rendered is the contrast between the period's hypnotic glamour and excitement, versus fast-approaching change and uncertainty. Winning 'Best Picture' and 'Best Actor' at the 2012 Golden Globes, the anticipation surrounding The Artist's hopeful success at the Oscars is high. If you haven't yet seen The Artist, I encourage you to book your cinema trip now! Here you'll find The Artist's showing times in London.

One aspect of The Artist that captured my imagination was the stunning wardrobe worn by Bérénice Bejo as 'Peppy Miller', the film's lead female role. The decadence of 1920's dress, with dropped waists, tassels, beads, feathers and headwear is - excitingly - a Spring/Summer 2012 trend, to which many fashion editors are crediting The Great Gatsby, due for release at the end of 2012. The Artist gives us more reason to relish this trend, thanks to the detailed and accomplished eye of costume designer Mark Bridges (The Fighter, Boogie Nights), who has deservedly been nominated for the 'Costume Design' Oscar. Bridges captures the supreme femininity, cheeky flirtation, liberation and meticulous embellishment of fashion during this fascinating decade. Peppy Miller's striking hair, make-up and accessories complement each outfit perfectly. Bérénice Bejo wears the 1920's style so well, creating an undeniable fashion inspiration, or icon, out of Peppy Miller. 

As 1920's fashion is one of my 'ultimate' eras in style terms, I couldn't resist the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite 'Peppy Miller' looks: 

Do you like 1920's style? Which fashion era do you worship the most?

Sunday, 12 February 2012

City Girl Diaries on Facebook & Twitter

I am growing increasingly aware, as a mum-to-be, that the time will soon come when I am (happily) forced to take a break from work and the whole world of social media. I do hope you will bear with me during this inevitable absence and I will be back in business as soon as possible! In the meantime, please feel free to re-visit City Girl Diaries posts on the blog, or via my Twitter feed and Facebook page. All City Girl's blog posts, 'pics of the day' and lots of fashionable news from London can be found via either social channel. 

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